Sex Work is to Trafficking as Sex is to Rape

If you’ve been paying attention to the evolution of the current debates around sex work, you’ve probably noticed that more and more people are conflating sex work and trafficking. Of course, there have always been plenty of people willing to slut shame, attack, and blame women who have sex for money in order to try […]

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Why Aren’t the Anti-Porn Folks Standing Up For Tera Myers?

The other night, I was watching a cop drama. The story centered on a murder case (as they often do) and the cops uncovered information that the victim had been blackmailed for hiring a sex worker. So they tracked the escort down, thinking that she’d been behind the scheme. But as it turned out, she […]

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The Downfall of Alexa Di Carlo

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I woke up this morning to discover this in my twitter feed: RT @TheFakeEscort: Alexa di Carlo “really” a man named Thomas “Pat” Bohannan. Deets: http://exposeabro-alexa.blogspot.com Since I was well aware of the controversy surrounding Alexa’s blog www.realprincessdiaries.com (now offline) was listed as the Between My Sheets top sex blog of 2010, I’m not surprised […]

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Call for Participants: Documentary Film about Empowering Sex Workers

This showed up in my Facebook feed this morning and I’m passing it along.It sounds like a great project. Feel free to help get the word out. Seeking Interviewees for a Documentary Film about Empowering Sex Workers This short documentary seeks to celebrate and give voice to sex workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, […]

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SFPD Chief Wants to Shame Sex Work Clients

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This first appeared on the Good Vibrations magazine. San Francisco Police Chief George Gasc√≥n is reported to have suggested putting mugshots of men arrested for paying for sex on a web site to shame them in order to discourage other men from doing the same. The use of shame to try to control sexual behavior […]

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Lies, Damn Lies, and Sex Work

When it comes to moral panics, nothing gets people riled up quite as much as sex. For a while now, I’ve been following the moral panic that some people are trying to foment around sex work and the trafficking of women. Now, don’t get me wrong. I firmly believe that nobody should ever be forced […]

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Talking About Sex Work

I’ve been following the Rhode Island debates about whether to criminalize indoor sex work lately. Actually, a lot of why I’m following it is because the effervescent Megan Andelloux has been on the receiving end of a lot of hassle over the opening of the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health, an educational organization somewhat […]

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